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Leicester In Motion

By RockwellPhotography
I went out tonight with the aim of capturing the busy night street in leicester. I feel I have done so. To me the picture give a sense of busy movement. Any critique is welcome

Tags: Transport Leicester Landscape and travel Sports and action

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Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2012 12:55AM
Well, it's not exactly a rip-roaring night down there, really. Everything is pretty static except the one lot of cars turning left. The darkness is quite overpowering, and there's a lot of could lose the top third of the picture with no penalty, and it would help concentrate on what small movement there is.
It also looks like you've tried selective blurring to give a tilt effect, which has just added a weird feel to it (my head says that with this perspective, ie ultra-wide, everything should be focused from a couple of feet to infinity, and apart from the rail, nothing is that close).

The trouble with traffic lights is that only one set of cars moves at a time, so roundabouts and complex junctions work better for this kind of image. The bits that are sharp look ok, but maybe you need a longer shutter speed for more movement, maybe timing for the change of lights. Here you could have gone for low ISO, f/16 and shutter speed of 8-10 seconds. These are always hit and miss, so you just need to take a lot of shots and vary timings and settings to find your optimum.
But I'd definitely lose the top third of this shot.


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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2012 2:29PM
Not a bad night effort at all, but you could crop a lot off the top to advantage. Two rogue light sources up there not needed, then nothing else.

I was trying to keep the big central building visible, going to do another version with the top cropped off and see how it look. Thanks both for the pointers
glennk68 7 10
1 Dec 2012 11:28PM
The best night settings I have found is ISO 100 (Black pixels are where noise reveals itself the most), f16 and a shutter speed between 20-30 sec depending on light sources. This would have given the more movement needed, also agree about the top portion of the image.

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